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In Topic: Larionov on NHL/AHL stifling creative play.

23 February 2015 - 12:43 PM

Great article.  Could not agree more with Iggy's take.  The system has routed out creativity.  Recently, I read an article that quoted Babcock as saying he looks specifically for work ethic and brains.  If you're a grinder, grind... if you're a shooter, shoot, and so-on.  This is not as prevalent at lower levels.  It's not that systems are complex, it's that there are systems that each coach adopts and trains their team on.  The system is molding the player, instead of the player's talent molding the system.  Look at our defensive prospect Hicketts.  This guy is tearing it up... and seriously tearing it up.  Look at his size and tell me if he's going to be an NHL defensemen.  I hope he does, but the perception-reality in today's game is, he won't last 5 minutes. 

In Topic: It's gotta be asked....What's up with Hank?

10 December 2014 - 12:32 PM

My thoughts are that other teams are putting their top defenders against his line.  He is still our leading scorer (points).  This I believe is why the other lines are doing so well.  Our 2nd and 3rd lines are scoring better than our first.  I chalk this up to how the opposition is playing us.

In Topic: Do we need a trade to get our offence going ?

09 December 2014 - 10:18 AM

I like the way the Wing's offense is working right now.  I can see trading for a top 4 right-shooting defenseman, or a really big and tough stay at home type.  I mention the latter because even Kindl could be a good offensive d-man if he had a strong defensive-minded partner.  Smith and Kindl both have offensive upside.  The line that's baffling me is Z's line.  They have been kept off the score sheet for a bit.  Now, I also believe that Z's line gets the opposition's best line, thus freeing up the talent we have on the other lines.  Our other 3 lines are taking advantage of it, too.  The last time I saw Detroit seriously roll 4 solid lines was in 2002.  I am trying to keep my excitement for this team in check, due to their inexperience however, other teams have yet to fully isolate all 4 lines.  As far as trade bait... for a right-shooting d-man, I'd trade Pulks and Kindl and a pick or so.  For a stay at home tough-guy, I'd trade Pulks and a pick.  Outside of that... I would keep this team the way it is.